Losing Eddie: A Novel

Losing Eddie: A Novel

by Deborah J. Corey
     
 

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Deborah Joy Corey captures the voice of rural poverty and the voice of a single, struggling family in southeastern Canada. The voice belongs to an innocent nine-year-old girl, who, throughout this startling novel, remains a nameless, silent outsider in a family whose troubles don't leave much energy for paying attention to someone who isn't in desperate need.

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Deborah Joy Corey captures the voice of rural poverty and the voice of a single, struggling family in southeastern Canada. The voice belongs to an innocent nine-year-old girl, who, throughout this startling novel, remains a nameless, silent outsider in a family whose troubles don't leave much energy for paying attention to someone who isn't in desperate need.

"Deborah Joy Corey makes a stunning debut with her first novel." -Maclean's

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A troubled family is portrayed from the viewpoint of the nine-year-old daughter. (Sept.)
Library Journal - Library Journal
The collective family sadness of losing a child, as seen through the eyes of a nine-year-old, is the focus of this first novel. Corey demonstrates much bright promise with her spare prose, though her story line is depressing. Eddie, fresh from reform school, is killed; Mama has two breakdowns; Daddy sits in the wellhouse and drinks beer; Sister has twin babies and an abusive husband; brother Bucky almost drowns; and the neighbor across the road dies and the children of the religious nuts up the road are incestuous. Our narrator feels bereft, ignored, jealous of the attention paid to others, and slightly off-kilter in her year of angst. In the end, everybody bucks up and goes on. This is a soap opera, but Corey writes beautifully. She seems to be asking, Where is the joy and fun of life that helps one go on?-- Dawn L. Anderson, North Richland Hills P.L., Tex.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
YA-Through a first-person narration, readers view a nameless nine-year-old girl and see how she and her dysfunctional family cope with the accidental death of her brother. YAs will sense the grinding poverty present in the farmhouse and realize that these people's lives are very grim. The book contains adult themes such as drunkenness, mental illness, physical spousal abuse, and incest between two children. This is not a happy story as it recounts the tribulations of one year in the lives of a rural Canadian family, but it is an honest one.-Marguerite O'Connor, R.E. Lee High School, Springfield, VA
Alice Joyce
Corey's debut novel charts a profound and heartfelt course through the lives of one rural Canadian family. For the young female narrator, being a child is to be powerless in the face of major adversity. She can only try her best to make sense of it all when she witnesses her sister's abuse at the hands of her husband, or when she must deal with her teenage brother's fiery and untimely death behind the wheel of a car. Her mother's response to these situations is an emotional breakdown, but her father uses liquor as a means of coping. The repercussions of poverty are played out in horrendous events that seem as if they would surely destroy a young spirit. In the world of Corey's creation, they do not succeed in doing so. Instead they are surmounted by the youthful heroine--by love and by faith. This beautiful book is poetic, yet without artifice.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780945575672
Publisher:
Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
10/01/1993
Series:
Front Porch Paperback Series
Pages:
238
Product dimensions:
5.34(w) x 7.33(h) x 0.97(d)

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Meet the Author

Deborah Joy Corey was born and raised in a rural area of Canada called Temperance Vale and now divides her time between Maine and New Brunswick. Her writing has appeared in a number of magazines, including Mademoiselle, Story, and Ploughshares.

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